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District 36

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights

Excellence in education means providing each student the opportunity to achieve.

The mayor’s proposal to phase out the Gifted & Talented program will severely limit the potential of many of our high achieving students.

For our shared community’s young people, opportunity means access to enrichment programs and access to the suite of opportunities that should be open to all students, whether computer-science and coding classes, music lessons to learn to play an instrument or access to gifted-and-talented programs.

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Honoring Juneteenth 2021

2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so many aspects of that four centuries long history worth reflecting on – especially worth reflecting on as we mark the 156th Juneteenth. Just that contrast, 402 years on these shores and just 156 years since Juneteenth – that is just 56 years since the Voting Rights Act.

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Let’s honor George Floyd by first remembering his life. Let’s honor his family, and remember the incredible strength and passion for justice they’ve shown by speaking out for justice. Let’s send a special prayer to his children, especially his youngest daughter, Gianna Floyd. As we fight for universal justice, we should not neglect the fact that there is a family coping with profound loss.

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New! We have just published a Grandparents and Seniors Resource Guide! Download your copy here.

You are welcome to get a printout in person at our upcoming Wellness Wednesday free grocery distribution at Restoration Plaza on Wednesday May 19 at 11:00 am.

This morning I had the pleasure partnering with Mayor Bill de Blasio and DCLA announcing The Artist Corp, a multimillion dollar investment in local artists throughout NYC. New York City has achieved such great wealth in part because of its artistic residents. Clearly, funding the arts is a great fiscal investment. The money injected into the arts world has a multiplying effect on the economy.

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This morning, I chaired the Housing and Buildings committee regarding the dangers to privacy of Fobs and new electronic house keys that have the ability to track the movements of tenants. We see these systems in residential buildings all over the City—key fobs, key pads, or even facial recognition technology—taking the place of traditional mechanical keys.

While it is exciting to see the City’s housing stock come into the 21st century, improvements to residential buildings should always be made with the tenant in mind.

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Earth Day 2021

Earth Day is a call to action. We can celebrate it in many ways, from gardening to cleaning up your neighborhood. But I hold the New York City Council responsible for structural changes, to take the collective action beyond the scope of any individual or block association.

That is why I am extremely proud that the New York City Council voted today to support a Public Bank here.

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Today I feel very lucky to be a part of the New York City Council. We are considering several bills that treat the causes of violence, with less emphasis on punishing people for problems that could have been prevented.

Violence in our community is not inevitable. To say that violence spreads like a disease is not a metaphor—it is what the science now shows.

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February 26, 2021

I am thrilled at the announcement of Meisha Ross Porter as the new schools Chancellor. It is an important milestone to have a Black woman in this role. More than that, her background is a model for what students in our City can become. As a child she was tracked into being a plumber until an educator saw that she had exceptional language skills, and she graduated as an honors English student.

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February 22, 2021

1-800-273-8255. Please remember that phone number because it is our National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which can save a life for someone in crisis. If you have a fire in your apartment, call 911 and if your garbage wasn’t picked up you can call 311. None of these numbers are appropriate for someone experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis.

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